Iron Sharpening Iron

iron-sharpens-ironOn Wednesday, I had lunch with my friend Brandon. I’ve known Brandon since he was in preschool, and even though there’s several years between us, we have a lot in common.

Anytime Brandon and I get together, we wind up talking about many of the same topics. We share our passion and excitement over the growth of the church and our desire to see people grow in Christ. We discuss politics – he and I are pretty much on the same side politically, but the ways we express our political beliefs show the generational differences between us. And we talk about sports, particularly the most important sport in the world: Georgia Bulldogs football.

Whenever I spend time with Brandon – whether it’s an hour at lunch or a day at a Dawgs game in Athens – I walk away feeling refreshed and challenged both intellectually and spiritually (and I hope Brandon feels the same way). I’m grateful for our friendship and what it means, not to mention the good that results from it.

The Bible puts it best:

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Brandon is just one example of this principle at work in my life. I’m surrounded by men and women who challenge me, encourage me, lift me up, and help me develop in my faith. I don’t lack for people who laugh with me, pray for me, and hold me accountable, and I am grateful for each and every one of them.

Do you have one or more people in your life with whom you can be iron sharpening iron? If so, let them know that you’re thankful for them. If not, I challenge you to find somebody. The results are worth the effort.

A New Blog That Will Certainly Be Worth Reading

I want to share a new blog from a friend of mine. I’ve had the privilege of literally watching Brandon Daniel grow up; he’s a godly young man with a heart that’s second to none and talent and intellect to spare. He’s taking a solo trip this summer to explore some of God’s creation, and he’s blogging about it. Check out; I have a good feeling he’s going to have a lot of good things to say in the coming weeks.

I’m Attending “Freeze”…or, social media strikes again…or, the third time’s the charm…

I’m excited that I’m attending “The Broke Socialite Does…Freeze” on June 19 in Atlanta. This is my third attempt to attend a TBS event; I couldn’t make the original Sugar Coma event back in January because of the Daniel Fast, and I missed Sugar Coma Redux in early May due to a ministry-related urgency.

I’m thrilled to take part in an event put on by my really good friend Shameeka Ayers, a.k.a. The Broke Socialite. I’ve known Shameeka just about as long as I’ve known anybody (…except for family and Trey Bailey…); she’s a true friend and a lifestyle blogger/social media guru who puts on these really cool events. Shameeka has a refreshing blend of Southern charm and classy style; in other words, she’s fancy without being uppity, cool without being pretentious.

Both Sugar Coma events visited bakeries in Atlanta to sample decadent treats…Sugar Coma is expanding to North Atlanta, Savannah, and beyond, by the way… My fellow Freeze attendees and I get to sample luxurious frozen treats…perfect for summer, huh? It’s gonna be fun, and I can’t wait!

The success of the Sugar Coma events, Freeze, and Graze, as well as other upcoming TBS events, is evidence of the power of social media in creating buzz and getting people together to celebrate the good things in life and just have fun. The Broke Socialite empire has been built on harnessing social media to its fullest potential, and it’s working.

To find out more about The Broke Socialite Does… events, click here. (Not to sound sexist, but ladies would love the blog. It’s not so much for us guys, but it’s fun reading. Forgive me for saying so…)

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